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Laura L. Smith, Ph.D.

Charles H. Elliott, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologists, Bloggers, Speakers, and Authors  
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I grew up in Detroit during the good times. My father worked in the auto industry for 36 years. He was able to provide a stable, good, middle class life for his family and see both of his children through…

Black Friday

 “Hello, Fred. Welcome back,” Dr. Smelt says as she ushers Fred into her office.   “Thanks for seeing me so quickly. I’m surprised you work on Black Friday. Does that mean the session is half price?”   Dr. Smelt laughs, “Actually, I…

Scales

Earlier in the session, Dr. Smelt suggested that Fred’s self view of being stupid might not be accurate. Here’s what transpires next: Fred smirks, “Oh sure, we can look at other ways to view this, but I do believe I’m…

Office

Dr. Smelt and Fred discuss thought sheets for the first half of session four. He begins to see how situations, thoughts, feelings, and more reasonable thoughts link together. Dr. Smelt then remembers that Fred had begun this session with noting…

Groceries

During session 3, Dr. Smelt helped Fred understand the connection between his thoughts and feelings. Fred agreed to complete several written exercises called thought sheets during the week. Today he brings into the session his first efforts. The following session…

Computers

In previous session excerpts, Dr. Patricia Smelt paid close attention to the therapeutic alliance which she felt needed nurturance. That’s because her client, Fred, was court ordered to therapy for anger issues and demonstrated defensiveness. Let’s pick up a segment…

Park

The following is a second excerpt from Fred’s court referred psychotherapy. Dr. Smelt continues to grapple with achieving a better therapeutic relationship with Fred who remains resistant to this point. Dr. Smelt asks for more information, “Fred, tell me a…

Angry Tiger

Fred begins this session by asking Dr. Smelt, “How’s it going, Doc? Did you have a good week?” “Just fine, Fred. But I’d like to know how your week went.” “Nothing much happened. Work has been a real bitch though.”…

court

“Before we go any further,” Dr. Smelt says, “I want to tell you a bit about confidentiality.” “No need,” Fred interrupts, “I know that bull shit. You tell me you’re like a priest, but if the judge wants to know…

psychotherapy office

Only rarely would Dr. Smelt take a referral from the courts. She tended to avoid clients with questionable motivation for therapy which she often found to be the case with such referrals. However, today she makes an exception because the…